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Terry Kane '75 was a resident of San Jose and a loving father, husband, counselor, and friend. Terry was born and raised in Merced, California. He graduated from Santa Clara University (1975), received an M.Phil in economics from Oxford (1977), and a law degree from USC (1980).
He and his wife, Judy Keifer, met in Los Angeles, quickly relocating to the home ground of San Jose to raise their two beautiful girls, Mary Kate and Holly. His family was his life, and he adored his girls. Terry joked that he spent over 20 years practicing law in different offices in downtown San Jose all within a 9 iron shot of Almaden Boulevard and Santa Clara Street. He was an expert in trusts and estates law and later moved into the banking world working at Wells Fargo, First Republic and Fremont Bank. In 2009, he authored The Wise Planner, a guide to estate planning for families of all income levels, written with his intelligence and wit to simplify potentially complicated legal matters. He was a 20+ year board member for the San Jose Conservation Corp, member of the San Jose Rotary Club, and Associate Law Professor at Lincoln Law School.
His piano playing was a joy to his family and others, as well as to himself. Terry loved scuba diving with his daughters and boasted his second job was camera bag Sherpa for his wife Judy, an amateur photographer. Terry was full of pride and love for his family: daughter Mary Kate studying for her PhD in Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, daughter Holly at Oxford University completing her M.Phil in Archaeology, and his loving wife and best friend of more than 30 years, Judy. He is also survived by his elder brother, Thomas J. Kane, III '73, his sister, Sharon Marshak, and mother and father-in-law Jan and Jerry Keifer. His mother, Kay Kane, died in 2015. His father Thomas J. Kane, II died in 1973. He will be missed more than he could ever know.
Rebecca Louise Vacura Lessley '78 died peacefully in her home in Tucson, Arizona, on Aug. 8, 2016, with her husband, Michael Clayton Lessley, at her side. At only 60 years old, her illness was unexpected but blessedly swift. Becky was born January 22, 1956, and raised in Fairbanks Alaska by her parents Helen and Albert Vacura, along with nine siblings. She attended Santa Clara University with her two little sisters, Patty Vacura Hollands '79 (Glen Hollands '78) and Julie Vacura '81. She graduated in 1978 and went home to Fairbanks to marry the love of her life, Mike. She went on to get her Master's Degree in education and became a teacher, eventually settling on kindergarten as the class she loved the most. She finished her teaching career with the honor of being named British Petroleum Teacher of Excellence. The Lessley home was the gathering place for all things family. Becky's ready smile, infectious laughter, generosity, and open door made everyone feel welcome and special. Becky leaves behind her husband, Mike, daughter Kelly, sons Christopher and Ryan, grandchildren Taliyah and Lawrence, seven brothers and sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends. Please say special prayers for all the people whose lives Becky enriched and whose hearts are not yet mending.
Tim Haslach B.S ’83, J.D. ’88 will always be remembered for being big in both heart and stature. A consummate storyteller, he had a quick wit and winning smile, easily making a friend of anyone he met. He was a proud father—when he was with or talked about his two children, Caroline and Peter, his joy was contagious. Tim was also a loving husband, having married his true love, Sara Burton, on December 27th, 2014, just four months after he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He was not going to let anything stop the life they dreamed of together, certainly not cancer and that is how they lived.
Always the optimist, Tim made the best of every situation. Even while battling cancer, he traveled frequently with his family and friends. In the spring of 2015, Tim and Sara traveled to Ireland for his sister Pat's wedding. Later that year, Tim and Sara spent their first wedding anniversary with Caroline and Peter in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Even when his pain became more difficult in May 2016, he was able to travel to see Caroline graduate from Belmont University in Tennessee.
Tim's sharp mind and tenacious demeanor helped him fight every challenge cancer threw at him, but ultimately he lost the battle on July 6th at the Kaiser West Side Hospital. That weekend, he had enjoyed the ocean view from his beloved deck in Gearhart, Oregon. Gearhart was his place of peace, relaxation, healing, and family. He showed grace until the end, surrounded by his wife, children, mother Pat, and sister Mary.
Tim was born in Toledo, Ohio—the fourth of Patricia and Frank Haslach's five children and their only son. When Tim was four, the family moved to Syosset, New York where he attended St. Edward The Confessor Grade School along with several of his cousins. In 1971, at the age of 10, the family moved to Oregon and Tim attended Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School in Lake Oswego and then Jesuit High School in Beaverton. Tim spent two years swimming for the US Naval Academy where he had great adventures followed by earning his Bachelor's in Political Theory from Santa Clara University in 1983. H
He loved Northern California and stayed on to complete his Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara Law School in 1988. The next years were filled with sailing in the San Francisco Bay and clerking in the city during the very beginning of the technology industry. After the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, Tim decided it was time to move back to Oregon. He loved to joke that the only part of California he brought with him was his love for the Giants and the 49er's. After passing the Oregon Bar, Tim found his place at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. He appreciated the rich history of the firm and the integrity of his partners. He loved that the University Club of Portland was right across the street where he was a regular at the "orphan's table" for lunch and often enjoyed an after work drink with a quick game of pitch. The friendships he made there were numerous and special.
After joining Schwabe, Tim pioneered the development of the consortia model, which became the primary mechanism for creating and "policing" information technology standards, crucial to modern technology and thus society. Along with only a handful of other attorneys in the nation, he engaged in groundbreaking, highly innovative lawyering, developing a set of legal frameworks that have become precedents for others in the field. There were numerous standard bodies Tim was involved in creating, but the crown jewel of his career was the formation of the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), the guiding standard body for the "internet of things." His legal work will live on in new technologies created for decades to come.
Tim became a shareholder at Schwabe and was included in the Oregon Super Lawyers directory for intellectual property, nonprofit organizations, and business/corporate (2006-2016), as well as in the The Best Lawyers in America for intellectual property (2014-2016). He was also an AV rated lawyer with Martindale-Hubbell, a testament to the fact that his peers considered him at the highest level of professional excellence. He was a pioneer and giant in his field, known and respected internationally. Equally important to him was his work for nonprofits such as The Black Parent Initiative, Oregon Sports Authority, and Jamii Moja. The week before he passed, Tim helped Paws Assisting Veterans get legal representation at Schwabe.
Just this year, Tim was asked to step up and become the Practice Leader of the Business Group; he did so with great joy and enthusiasm. He loved the opportunity to encourage his partners and to make a difference to the firm.
Tim was an accomplished athlete, having been an Oregon High School State Swimming Champion, an All-American Swimmer, United States Masters Swimmer, and a rugby player at Santa Clara. After graduating law school, Tim added sailing, skiing, body boarding, and golfing to his athletic pursuits. In 1991, Tim found his way back to the pool and was part of a successful English Channel Relay Swim. He crossed the channel again in 2001 as part of the Team Gaffney Relay, which raised money for The Karen Gaffney Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and dedicated to championing the full inclusion of people with Down syndrome and other disabilities.
Tim was always appreciative of the parochial education his family received, and was a regular supporter of Our Lady of the Lake, Jesuit High School, Saint Mary's Academy, Cathedral School, and Santa Clara University.
Tim is survived by his wife, Sara Burton; his two children, Caroline and Peter Haslach; his mother, Patricia Haslach; his four sisters, Ambassador Patricia Haslach (serving in Ethiopia), Mary Powers (Lake Oswego, OR), Peggy Haslach (Sumner, WA), and Maureen Rankin (Phoenix, AZ); as well as their children and several cousins.
Faculty & Staff
George Fegan, former chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics, passed away December 20, 2016. Dr. Steve Chiappari '84 notes, “George played a vital role in the Department of Applied Mathematics and the School of Engineering, serving as a faculty member, academic advisor to students, and departmental chair as well as assistant dean for graduate programs for the School of Engineering. He began teaching part-time in the department in 1982. He took a full-time position in 1987 and was appointed chair of the department in 1990. He stepped down as chair in 2004 and retired from the department in 2005. All of us who have had the privilege of knowing George have appreciated his friendship, witty sense of humor, wonderful work with students, and sage advice. We have missed seeing him in the office. May his spirit continue to live in all of us whose life he has touched.”
George Fegan was born in San Francisco in 1935. If you took his word for it, his boyhood paper route extended over most of the Eureka Valley, Castro, and Mission. After terrorizing the nuns at Most Holy Redeemer, he went on to become student body president at St. Ignatius, where he was an all-state hurdler. He held a BA from USF, master's degrees from SJSU and SFSU, and a PhD from OSU. He was a lifelong educator, teaching high school English for years before becoming a math professor at Santa Clara University, where he was department chair and an associate dean.
He made his pasta from scratch. He gave Johnny Mathis his first gig. His basketball nickname was the Butcher. Or the Hammer—one of those. He once relieved himself upstream of George H. W. Bush. He got his master's in English and then his PhD in math because why not? As an altar boy, he nearly burned down the church; this was possibly an accident. His mustache was better than yours. He was the only white person to work at Henry's Hunan Restaurant. He was a published poet. He was a published mathematician. He was a terrible rabbit hunter. He had gout, the disease of kings. He was George Lucas' favorite high school teacher. He hated Reagan. He had eight toes. He could still arm wrestle you under the table at 80. He was a professor emeritus without ever receiving tenure. He once flew halfway around the world to show up on his future wife's doorstep unannounced. Most of this is true.
His family—wife Sophie Chung Fegan; children Jeff Fegan '79, Debra Meyer, and MacKenzie Fegan; scores of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews—will miss his mushroom risotto and questionable sense of humor. They will not miss his singing voice.
Notes of condolence may be sent to his wife, Sophie, in care of the Department of Applied Mathematics.
Friends of the University
James Robert Blair, Jim, passed away October 5, 2016 in Parker, Colorado. Jim was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 11, 1944 to Jerald Blair and Helen Swanson Blair who preceded him in death. He was 72 years old.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 53 years the end of this month, Donna Blair, his sons, Steve and his wife, Kathleen, and Ron ‘93, J.D. ‘98, MBA ‘99 and his wife, Lisa ‘94, MBA ‘99 all of Parker, Colorado. He also leaves behind five grandchildren-Glen, Justin, Cameron, Kaitlyn, and Allison and one great-grandson, Emmet. He is also survived by his two siblings, Jerome Blair and his wife, Arlene of Aptos, California and Janet Russel and her husband, Larry of Los Gatos, California. He also has numerous other close relatives and friends.
He married his childhood sweetheart on October 24,1964. He graduated from Cupertino High School in California in 1962 and received a degree from Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA. He went on to study at San Jose State. He was a very successful real estate developer in the Silicon Valley and Denver area. He also served on numerous boards over the years including Santa Clara University, Bellarmine College Preparatory, North Park College, First Covenant Church, Heritage Bank and as Chairman of the Board on The World among others.
Jim and Donna spent most of their married life in the San Jose, California area. They relocated to Colorado in 2006 to be closer to their sons and their grandchildren.
Jim was a lover of life and enjoyed traveling extensively with family and friends. He and Donna traveled to all seven continents and spent several years traveling around the world aboard The World, a residence cruise ship. Jim enjoyed playing golf, downhill skiing, scuba diving and many other activities. He was a runner and loved to run wherever their travels took them.
After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer four years ago, Jim finally lost the battle to this disease surrounded by his family. "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith." (2 Timothy 4:7)
Bernadette Allen passed away on Nov. 22, 2016. She was a member of the Thomas I. Bergin Legacy Society.